Requiem for separation of powers

03 June 2017

Ernesto P. Maceda, Jr.

Yes, Congress chose not to convene in joint session. There are arguments to be made for standing behind the President and presenting a united front in times as grave as these. But so many wish that they would have done the joint session – if only to justify Congress’ continued raison d’etre.

We know the central institutional feature of the Constitution to be separation of powers. This means limited government. It would prevent a single branch from consolidating strength to act tyranically. The best protection was the interest of each branch in jealously defending its prerogatives. That is what the framers naturally assumed.  Read on…

One Response to Requiem for separation of powers

  1. June 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    “How powerful Congress is” by Winnie Monsod
    http://opinion.inquirer.net/104501/how-powerful-congress-is

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